says the National Audit Office. 'The £330 million scheme had been hit by delays and cost overruns and was not able to deal with all the emergencies which could arise....' click here
£12 million spent on consultants and a management accountant was able to fraudulently receive payments of nearly £900,000 over a nine month period!
Already the fire services in my area, the southwest and I suspect other areas around the country too, are facing stringent cuts in full time, 24/7 firefighters at many stations.
Based on historical data of events attended and lives saved, this move could leave the service severely stretched to combat any really serious large scale conflagrations in the future. Lives could be put at risk unnecessarily by these changes especially in rural areas, as attendance times in getting to the scene will be longer. TC.